Company Utilizes Proprietary XMDF format and Leverages Category Leadership in LCD and Smartphones to Introduce Next-Generation Tablet in 2011


LAS VEGAS, NV, January 6, 2011 --

  • “Automatic Scheduled Delivery Service” (fee-based) for periodical publications allows consumers to enjoy the most updated newspapers and magazines.
  • Sharp’s proprietary XMDF (ever-eXtending Mobile Document Format) enables new e-reading experiences via its rich content and intuitive user interface.
  • Periodic software updates make E-media tablet future-proof.

Sharp Electronics Corporation is showcasing its GALAPAGOS e-media tablet and cloud-based bookstore service at CES 2011. Utilizing its proprietary XMDF (ever-eXtending Mobile Document Format), GALAPAGOS will present an enhanced e-reading experience to consumers by providing rich content, an intuitive user interface and periodic software updates. GALAPAGOS e-media tablet and e-bookstore service will offer consumers wide access to e-books, movies, games, and music. An optional Automated Scheduled Delivery Service will deliver the most updated newspapers and magazines to the user’s “door” wherever a wireless connection is available. Featuring a 16:9 format touch-screen LCD and rich graphic capabilities, Sharp’s newly-developed and optimally-adapted GALAPAGOS e-media tablet is a dynamic portal to an array of e-print and multimedia content over wireless networks.

“Sharp brings several distinct advantages to this entry into the fast-growing tablet market with GALAPAGOS, including our versatile XMDF content format and our category leadership in both LCD and smartphones,” said Bob Scaglione, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Sharp Electronics Corporation. “More than a powerful stand-alone device, GALAPAGOS’s connectivity features enhance the performance and flexibility of key products that are already a part of consumers’ digital lifestyles. GALAPAGOS extends beyond entertainment to provide consumers with information and resources they can use to better manage their lives.”

Users will have the option of browsing content free-of-charge before purchasing and having it automatically delivered to the tablet. All downloaded content is stored on the micro SD card, so users can enjoy reading e-books even in locations without Wi-Fi.

Rich Contents E-Reading Experience Powered By XMDF Format
CES visitors are invited to experience the GALAPAGOS e-media tablet and e-bookstore service currently available in Japan at Sharp’s booth (Central Hall, #11018) via hands-on demonstrations of the rich content capabilities enabled by Sharp’s proprietary XMDF format. Sharp’s XMDF enables easy viewing of digital content and allows a variety of layouts to meet users’ preferences. Additionally, Sharp will offer an extensive selection of publications in the e-Pub format, the most widely used in the U.S.

As development continues, Sharp plans to add new content categories such as video and e-commerce and enhanced connectivity between the media tablet and devices including AQUOS® LCD TVs and smartphones. All content viewed on the tablet will be able to be shared with large-size high definition AQUOS TVs, and users will be able to remotely control content from the tablet. Future plans also include home control, education, medical and e-commerce applications.

For more information on the Sharp GALAPAGOS tablet and e-bookstore, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ, 07495-1163, or call 800-BE-SHARP.

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